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The 1st International Conference on German and Russian Transcultural Film and Literature

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu (FI)

11-12 June, 2020

The 1st International Conference on German and Russian Transcultural Film and Literature aims to bring together leading academic researchers, research scholars and scientists to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of German and Russian transcultural film and literature. The conference will also provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns in the field of transculturality in German and Russian cultural productions.

Cultural productions, such as film and literature, are often shaped by contributions from abroad as we live in a time of migration(s) and crossing borders. This phenomenon is not new; it has been around ever since humankind has existed. Foreign narratives have inspired national narratives in the same way that films offer homage to films from other countries and times. Post-Colonial Studies, and more specifically, Post-Colonial Literary Studies, have paved the way to a greater understanding and recognition of the life and works of authors who publish abroad, often in languages other than their native language(s).

This conference seeks to explore the different shapes of transculturality in film and literature, with a special focus on German and Russian contributions to these cultural productions. How are topics, such as migration and identity, dealt with in the works by German and/or Russian writers who live abroad? In which ways are national stereotypes constructed and deconstructed in literary works and film/television productions? Which aspects of transculturality (or inter-culturality/multiculturality) can be detected in literature and film, and how are they (re-)presented?